How Kedron Lodge In Kalinga Became A Significant Part Of Queensland’s History

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Walking along Nelson Street in Kalinga, you will notice a sizeable house that is handsome enough to make you do a double-take. Kedron Lodge, a heritage-listed villa, projects an image and facade as magnificent and imposing as the day it was first built in 1859. The property is an iconic figure in local lore and Queensland history.

Justice Alfred Lutwyche was the first owner of the home. He had John Petrie and Christopher Potter build his home following his new appointment as judge of Queensland’s Supreme Court, which also makes him the first ever judge of the state.

The villa is a two-storey, 20-room property that sits beside Kedron Brook. It was built using sandstone material with distinctive gable roofs and five brick chimneys.

The home was named “Kedron Lodge.” In the early 1890s, the name was further adopted as the name for the locality, subsequently referred to as “Kedron,” by John King.

After the death of Mr Lutwyche, the property was sub-divided. For a long time, it was owned by the Catholic Church. Since then, the site has changed hands, undergone gentrification and is now a private residential property.

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